Welcome to The Rundown, your guide to what’s happening in the Louisiana Legislature and go-to source for news about Louisiana politics and Gov. Bobby Jindal, brought to you by The Advocate.
Days until session ends: 22
Days until the 2015 primary election day: 159
Days until the runoff (as needed): 188
Where in the world is Gov. Bobby Jindal? The governor did not have any reported events outside of Louisiana scheduled today. Later this week, he’ll head to Oklahoma City for the Southern Republican Leadership Conference.
HB707: Just hours after a Louisiana House panel overwhelmingly voted Tuesday to effectively kill one of his priority pieces of legislation, Gov. Bobby Jindal issued an executive order that he said would continue to give life to the Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act’s intent.http://bit.ly/1AdbyoY
Read the full executive order here: http://1.usa.gov/1Ei8mDo
GOP 2016: Bobby Jindal’s 2016 presidential exploratory committee has planned two fundraisers in Baton Rouge late in June — so after Jindal’s expected to announce whether he will run or not. One will include two Louisiana sports VIPs. http://bit.ly/1Eiemfo
Iowa: Jindal has launched a new ad in Iowa highlighting his fight for “religious liberty.” http://bit.ly/1PveeFh
LA Gov: The latest installment of the LSU Public Policy Research Lab’s Louisiana Survey shows Louisiana voters aren’t that familiar with the leading candidates. http://bit.ly/1LjxHDb
ICYMI: Gov. Bobby Jindal’s butler at the Governor’s Mansion, a convicted murderer and a longtime state prison trusty, is asking that his life sentence be reduced. http://bit.ly/1HeBgX9
Higher ed: The state House approved one bill that would give colleges some autonomy they are seeking this session (http://bit.ly/1LjAwUC) but balked at a separate proposal to give schools control of tuition prices (http://bit.ly/1LjADQ3).
Budget crunch: Lawmakers continue to whittle away at the state budget gap. http://bit.ly/1LjBlg6
Transportation: An effort to bring in more money for roads keeps on trucking at the Capitol. http://bit.ly/1LjC1SN
Sex ed: A bill that would require sex education be taught in New Orleans schools has been quashed. http://bit.ly/1LjC94A
Old school: A storm sent the House into throwback mode briefly Tuesday, when the chamber had to revert to collecting votes by voice, rather than the voting machines it typically relies on. http://bit.ly/1LjCog2
Medicaid: A bill is heading to Gov. Jindal that will give physicians and hospitals more time to file Medicaid claims. http://bit.ly/1eekCzY
On the books: An effort to rename what the state currently calls “simple rape” is moving forward. http://bit.ly/1eekFf6
- Education meets at 9 a.m. in Room 1
- Natural Resources and Environment meets at 9 a.m. in Room 4
- House and Governmental Affairs meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room 2
- Administration of Criminal Justice meets at 10 a.m. in Room 6
- Insurance meets at 10 a.m. in Room 3
- Health and Welfare meets Upon Adjournment of Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget Meeting in Room 5
- Senate and Governmental Affairs meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room F
- Commerce, Consumer Protection and International Affairs meets at 10 a.m. in Room E
- Health and Welfare meets Upon Adjournment of Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget in John J. Hainkel, Jr. Room
- Litigation Subcommittee of Joint Budget meets at 8:30 a.m. in Room 6
- Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget meets at 9 a.m. in Room 5
House and Senate come in at 2 p.m.